Happy Visible Monday! You can participate by scrolling down to the bottom of this post and reading the super-easy how-to’s. More bloggers are participating each week (and this is only Week Five). It’s a lot of fun to see what other Visible Women are up to.
My VM outfit goes up early so I can get the tech part ready. For Week Five I wore a rather daring (for me) spaghetti strap linen sundress. I layered an ivory cami underneath for modesty. The first necklace I tried seems too big and heavy for me, so I switched to a cluster of stones.
Terri from Rags Against the Machine had suggested stacking bracelets on one arm, and I love that idea. Then I realized I only have a couple of bangle-style bracelets that fit the bill. So I have a thrifting target for this week, thanks Terri!
|Sundress: Old Navy, consignment, Necklace: Macy’s,
|I think this necklace is too overwhelming for me.
Speaking of thrifting, I am a label snob at thrift/consignment stores only. At retail stores, I look for what I like, a good fit and quality construction. Price is an issue of course, and I stick to my budget, give or take 10%.
At thrifts, however, my mentality shifts. Because the item is pre-owned, I want a “good” brand, or at least a reliable one. I am sacrificing new-ness, and the ability to return an item. So I like that bit of confidence I get from purchasing a known quantity. And of course, I love the value of getting an originally high-priced piece for a few dollars.
I can usually trust my eye and my sense of touch, as I run my hands down the racks. As I’ve written before, I gravitate toward skirts, woven cotton shirts, outerwear and accessories, as these tend to have the best endurance. But I still check labels. I look for names like: Banana Republic/Ann Taylor/Calvin Klein (dresses, skirts), Brooks Brothers (button-down shirts), Anthropologie (skirts, when I’m lucky), Clarks/White Mountain (shoes) and Ralph Lauren/Kenneth Cole/ Michael Kors (handbags).
I don’t like the feeling of “label-snob” but I do it anyway when I thrift. In real life, where labels hurt and stigmatize people, I work hard to not use them. Am I thinking too hard about this? Where do you — thrifters and retail-women alike — stand on the issue of labels?
The guidelines to participate in Visible Monday are so simple!
- Any Monday, whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
- Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post.
- Go to the bottom of this post and click on this cute little link:
Important tips! 1) Choose “Crop” before you choose “Select” — as soon as you choose “Select”, the picture is loaded to the blog. 2) If you don’t like the way your picture looks, click on the little red “x” to delete and start over.